Survivor ratings up, Amazing Race ratings down

Survivor Tocantins debut was watched by 13.63 million people. That’s up slightly from the 13 million who watched Gabon’s debut, and down just a tiny bit from the 13.69 million viewers who watched the debut of Survivor Micronesia about a year ago.

CBS calls this “the time period’s best viewer delivery since last winter’s debut of ‘Survivor: Micronesia’ and highest adult 18-49 rating since Oct. 23 (‘Survivor: Gabon’).”

The network hasn’t yet issued a press release about the debut ratings for The Amazing Race 14, perhaps because of the holiday, or perhaps because they sucked.

Although it was a vastly improved premiere episode, just 9.42 million people watched The Amazing Race 14‘s first hour. That’s down from the 10.29 million who watched last fall’s premiere, which itself was down from the 12th season’s best-ever 13.8 million.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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